Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today’s post is going to be slightly different to my usual bookish posts: I’m going to be reflecting on/informing you about a few things that have happened in my life recently. I completed my university degree last week and I’m feeling a variety of different emotions at the moment, so I wanted to share some of these thoughts with you all. So, here goes…
For those of you who didn’t know, I’ve been studying for an honours degree in English Literature and Creative Writing over the past three years. I handed in all my work last week, so it feels like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I can finally breathe.
As with most university courses, I completed a dissertation this year. I was able to complete a Creative Writing Dissertation, which could be in any medium I wanted – so I’ve written the beginning of a psychological thriller novel, all about a stalker and his victim. I absolutely loved writing my dissertation and had so much fun with it. It was really hard at times, especially editing my own writing, but overall it was a really rewarding and positive experience.
I also studied three other modules this year: Two English modules and one Creative Writing module. My three English modules were “Feminist Killjoys”, “Last Year’s Novels” and “Gender & Irish Fiction”, and my Creative Writing module was “Extreme Fictions”. Again, I really enjoyed all of these modules. It was so good to finally be studying exactly what I wanted to study.
Overall, university has been a real rollercoaster. All three years have been full of highs and lows. I’ve struggled with my mental health quite a lot at university and felt under pressure to do well and do everybody proud. I’ve learned to work at my own pace and be kind to myself, however. I’ve learned to stop comparing myself to everyone around me and just be my own person. I can honestly say that I’ve worked my absolute hardest and I’m really proud of myself for completing my degree. I still have results day to come, so I don’t know what I’ll be graduating with just yet – but I’ll keep you all updated.
So now I’ve finished university, I need to start thinking about my career and the rest of my life. My ultimate career goal is to work in the book publishing industry, specifically in an editorial or publicity-based role. But that involves moving near to London, and I don’t have the money to do that at the moment.
So my plan for the near future is to move out into my own flat, get a job and save up some money. I don’t know exactly what kind of job I’m going to get yet, so I’m exploring a few options. It’s very early days though so there’s not much to update you on yet.
I’m (reasonably) optimistic about the future and I know that if I just keep going, I’ll get to where I want to be eventually. All I hope is that I get a job doing something I enjoy. It doesn’t have to be well-paid, or easy, or social … I just want, above all, to be doing something that’ll make me happy. Fingers crossed!
Happy reading 🙂